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Here’s Our Open Gardens Events Guide

Here’s Our Open Gardens Events Guide

Celebrate gardening this October.

Don’t forget National Garden Day on 20 October. Whether you have a large outdoor space, a small courtyard, or just a few pots on a balcony, take the time to appreciate your gardening efforts on National Garden Day. Gather friends and family for a picnic or tea party, where you can create a flower crown to wear while celebrating the joy a garden brings. Visit gardenday.co.za for ideas on how to celebrate.

Here’s some advice on how to make a flower crown from SA Garden and Home.

But there’s no need to wait until then to celebrate this wonderful pastime. There are a number of open garden events taking place around the country this month.

Eastern Cape

Hogsback Garden Club Open Gardens Tours

2 to 27 October

The Hogsback Garden Club invites you to stop in at their mountain village in the Eastern Cape for a flower extravaganza. Due to the area’s temperate Northern Hemisphere climate and former English residents from way back when, visitors can wander amongst the blooms of a traditional English garden.

Hogsback Garden Club

+27 (0) 76 334 4856

Bedford Garden Festival

18 to 20 October, Eastern Cape

World-famous historical gardens, township tours, and the SA Rosarium, where heritage roses are on display and for sale, are some of the highlights of this annual festival. There’s also shopping, live music and scrumptious food, all to be enjoyed while soaking up the spring sunshine in the countryside.

Bedford.co.za

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Gauteng

Gardens of the Golden City

12 to 13 October and 26 to 27 October

The residents of Johannesburg have opened their homes and gardens to garden enthusiasts for the month of October and November. On the programme you’ll find High Cloud in Irene, Northwards House in Parktown and Judith Williams’ garden in Westcliff.

Gardens of the Golden City

KwaZulu-Natal

Harcourts Hilton Open Midlands Gardens

9 to 10, 16 to 17 and 23 November, Midlands

Make your way to the Midlands for an open gardens event like no other. From September right through to July, visitors are invited to experience the numerous gardens on the programme. You’ll find the likes of the Lodge at Curry’s Post, Piccadilly Farm and Tarr Roses Nursery opening their gardens in the month of October to any and all enthusiasts.

Open Gardens of South Africa

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Mpumalanga

Open Gardens

19 to 20 October, Mkhondo

Open Gardens in Piet Retief

Open Gardens in Piet Retief

Enjoy a day out in the open gardens in the small town and on its surrounding farms. Pack a picnic basket or relax at one of the tea gardens at selected properties before browsing plants on sale. Horticulturist Lizelle Faeda Meyer will share inspirational gardening tips on Saturday morning at Langfontein farm.

Open Gardens

+27 (0) 83 651 1177

North West

Mulligatawny Farm Open Gardens

12 to 13 October

Interior designer Michael Hogan invites visitors to get lost in his garden during the Mulligatawny Garm Open Gardens event. Designed and conceptualised by Hogan, he has taken inspiration from European landscapes and Monet’s water garden in Giverny to create the exquisite grounds on the farm. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the St George’s Turning Point Foundation.

Mulligatawny Farm

Western Cape

Helderberg Hospice Open Gardens Festival

12 to 13 October

There will be 16 gardens on show in and around Helderberg. This year’s festival focus is on indigenous, water-wise gardens and highlights how gardeners are creating sustainable backyard landscapes. Proceeds raised over the weekend will be donated to the hospice in Somerset West.

Helderberg Hospice Open Gardens Festival

Open Gardens Constantia

18 to 19 October

With the Cape Town drought still weighing heavy on everyone’s minds, the residents of Constantia showcase their attempts at water management when it comes to maintaining a garden. There are four gardens on the programme with each demonstrating a different approach that prioritises water sustainability.

Open Gardens Constantia

Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival

25 to 27 October, Western Cape

From small, outdoor spaces to well-established farm gardens, flora enthusiasts can delight in the variety of gardens to visit at this year’s festival. Other attractions include the ‘Garden in a Pot’ competition, teas, and wine tasting in some of the gardens.

Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival

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Elgin Open Gardens

26 to 27 October and 2 to 3 November, Western Cape

Thanks to the winter rains, and water-wise planting, the 12 open gardens in the Elgin and Bot River districts, just an hour out of Cape Town, are in full bloom. A number of the gardens have plants on sale, and some are offering teas and light meals. Many of the wine estates are open too.

Elgin Open Gardens

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Greyton Rose Fair

26 to 27 October, Western Cape

Everything’s coming up roses when the Saturday Morning Market is greatly expanded on Rose Fair weekend to include more than 100 stalls selling not only roses but many interesting local products to browse and buy. Follow the fair’s opening parade of drum majorettes, vintage cars and the Genadendal Brass Band through the village streets, and don’t miss out on the beautiful, scented delights at the Rose Show and in the Open Gardens.

Greyton Rose Fair

Greyton Rose Fair

Greyton Rose Fair

Rustenberg Manor House Open Garden

1 to 3 November, Stellenbosch

Explore the various ‘garden rooms’ of Rustenberg wine estate’s large English-style farm garden, which is only open to the public once a year. Afterwards relax under the oak trees, where refreshments are available, and take home a plant or two on sale.

Rustenberg Manor House Open Garden

+27 (0) 82 442 1721; [email protected] 

Stellenberg Estate Open Gardens

9 to 10 November, Cape Town

Admire the expertly designed gardens of this classical Cape Dutch homestead in Kenilworth. One of the many beautiful features is the walled garden, originally a tennis court and now divided by an arched, rose-covered walkway. Refreshments are available, with proceeds going to charity.

Stellenberg Gardens

Photography Supplied; Shaen Adey; Marion Whitehead

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